Israel named head of UN body for first time

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By Itamar Eichner.. An Israeli ambassador to the UN will head a UN committee for the first time since joining the organization in 1949, Danon was elected after a diplomatic campaign including opposition by Muslim member-states. After months of behind-the-scenes diplomatic struggles, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon was elected to head the UN Legal Committee (officially named the Sixth Committee) on Monday (June 13, 2016). The committee deals with sensitive topics including fighting global terrorism. This is a historic event, as it marks the first time an Israeli representative will head a permanent UN committee since its induction into the organization (in 1949) 109 nations voted for Danon (the process only included votes cast for a candidate for the position, and did not include ‘nay’ votes). Palestinian representative Dr. Riyad H. Mansour worked to convince voting representatives to not support Danon until the last second. Iran’s delegation was also active in trying to stop the appointment, sending representatives a letter on the matter. Read the full story here.



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